What Is an Electrophysiology Lab?

Find out how an electrophysiology lab can treat those with abnormal heart rhythms.

An electrophysiology (EP) lab offers patients the opportunity to have their arrhythmia, or irregular heart beat, tested, diagnosed and treated. An irregular heartbeat can lead to heart complications, fatigue, congestive heart failure or stroke. The EP lab focuses on the electrical function of the heart and treats various conditions on the spot. Here are some services offered in an electrophysiology lab:

  • Cardiac mapping. This process can map and detect specific electrical activity of the heart in real time. Any electric irregularities can be immediately diagnosed and potentially treated.
     
  • Ablation Studies. This non-surgical, minimally invasive process involves threading a small catheter into the heart. Electric impulses are studied and then potentially blocked or treated to create a regular rhythm in the heart.
     
  • Defibrillator implantation. For those with a dangerously irregular heart rhythm and a very high risk of cardiac death, cardiologists may choose to implant a defibrillator. This device can detect a dangerous rhythm and shock the heart back into a regular pace. The device is implanted into a small incision near the heart and connected electrically to the heart.

Denton Regional Medical Center is proud to announce the opening of a new, state-of-the-art electrophysiology lab this year. This exciting addition will allow our cardiac staff to better diagnose and treat patients with abnormal heart rhythms.

Would you like to learn more? Dr. Rao Naseem, Electrophysiology, will be discussing recent advances in the treatment of abnormal heart rhythms, as well as common signs and symptoms related to disorders of the heart’s electrical system. This event will be held on July 26, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. A heart-healthy meal will be served, and tours of the new electrophysiology lab will be offered. Space is limited, so reservations are required by calling 940-898-0629.

To find out more about our Heart Center at Denton Regional Medical Center, visit us online or call 1-855-477-DRMC for a physician referral.

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